The life of the mind is the common good upon which every civilization is founded, not the exclusive domain of an elite class. Philosophy’s challenge—and its reward—is to question everything, everywhere, all the time. This extended panel is an invitation to walk down unexplored alleyways of thought and discover ideas we did not know we had.
SIMON CRITCHLEY is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, The Mattering of Matter, Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society (with Tom McCarthy) and Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (with Jamieson Webster). An experimental new work, Memory Theatre, and a book called Bowie were both published in 2014 and a book on suicide is forthcoming. He is moderator of "The Stone," a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.
MARK GREIF is the author of The Age of the Crisis of Man. He cofounded the literary and intellectual journal n+1 in 2004 and has been a principal at the magazine since then. His writing has been widely anthologized and translated. Greif has taught at Brown University, and since 2008 has been assistant professor of literary studies at the New School in New York.
FRANK B. WILDERSON, III is an award-winning writer, poet, scholar, activist, and emerging filmmaker. His fiction and creative prose, as well as his critical and scholarly work, have been published internationally. His books include Incognegro: a Memoir of Exile and Apartheid and Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms.
JUSTIN DESMANGLES (moderator) is chairman of the board of directors of the Before Columbus Foundation. He is the creator of the critically acclaimed radio program "New Day Jazz," now in its thirteenth year. His poetry and journalism have appeared in Amerarcana, Black Renaissance Noire, Drumvoices Revue, and Konch Magazine.